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Get on the Ark!

Posted by Renee , in Africa, Orality 08 February 2013 · 1742 views

It was a bright cheery day when Stephen came over for a visit. We had started going through the Orality stories together weeks before and now we were on the story of Noah. Stephen liked to hear the stories and didn't mind helping me practice saying them to him.

After we had been through the story together a few times, I asked him if he knew that Christ was coming back again to judge the world and if he wasn't on the "ark" then he wouldn't be saved. He promptly asked," What's the ark?" Then I shared with him God's second provision for salvation from judgment, eternal judgment, provided by God through the death of his son on the cross.

The cross is the ark....only putting your full trust in God and his provision for our salvation through Jesus Christ can we be saved in the final judgment. Then I asked him if that is what he wanted to do and he answered,"Yes!" That day another person found their way to salvation through the telling of the Bible stories. Praise the Lord!

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An oral learner is:


Someone whose most effective communication and learning format, style, or method is in accordance with oral formats, as contrasted to literate formats.
Someone who prefers to learn or process information by oral rather than written means. (These are literate people whose preferred communication style is oral rather than literate, even though they can read.)
Someone who cannot read or write (this represents about 5% of the world's population).

Did you know?


There are an estimated 4.35 billion people who are oral learners. This includes 3 billion adults, 900 million very young children, and 450 million children between the ages of eight and fifteen; all of these have basic or below basic literacy skills. They are oral learners because of their limited literacy skills.
The vast majority of missions work has been done for a literate audience. Unfortunately the vast majority of the true audience is therefore not able to connect with the Gospel.
Oral cultures are very relational - they share their lives with one another.
Most oral cultures will communicate with one another in narratives, dialogues and dramas, proverbs, songs, chants, and poetry. When asked what he thought about a new village school headmaster, a Central African replied "Let's watch how he dances".

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